Don't use Triaminic Vapour
Patch due to potential health risks: Health Canada
May 30, 2006
Health Canada is warning
consumers not to use Triaminic Vapour Patch
due to the serious adverse health effects that
could result if the product is accidentally ingested
Triaminic Vapour Patch contains
camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol. The reported
side-effects from swallowing products containing
camphor or eucalyptus oils vary from minor symptoms
such as burning sensation in the mouth, headache,
nausea and vomiting to more severe and life-threatening
reactions such as seizures.
Health Canada is aware of one adverse
reaction associated with the use of Triaminic
Vapour Patch. The adverse reaction involved a
child who had a seizure after chewing on the patch.
Triaminic Vapour Patch is advertised
as a cough suppressant for children two years
of age and older. The directions on the label
indicate that the patch is to be applied to the
throat or chest to allow the vapours to reach
the nose and mouth. Once applied, the patch would
be within close reach for a child to remove and
ingest. An additional risk is the product's cherry
scent, which could also lead a child to chew or
swallow the patch.
The product is sold over the counter
as a natural health product at pharmacies and
retail outlets in Canada. A recall of the product
will be initiated by the distributor. Consumers
should discontinue use of this product and return
it to the point of purchase.
Consumers who have used the product
and have concerns about their health should contact
their physicians or health care practitioner.
Consumers requiring more information
about this advisory can contact Health Canada's
public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991, or toll
free at 1-866-225-0709.
To report a suspected adverse reaction
with these or any other health product, please
contact the Canadian Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring
Program (CADRMP) of Health Canada by one of the
Health Protection Building, Tunney's Pasture,
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0K9